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Significant newsLytham Hall Echoes Melton  19 October 2017  
Lytham Hall Exhoes Melton GroveAn update of events regarding Lytham Hall featuring what's been happening with Fylde Council and a bombshell announcement from Heritage Trust for the North West. In a shambles of a meeting, the Council sought to take over the lottery bid, but Lytham Hall announced new plans of its own, including a new General Manager. We try to make sense of it all for our readers.....

Significant newsA Ray of Hope? Or Not?  16 July 2017  
A Ray of Hope? Or Not?For once we're uncertain. Monday could be the start of a really good new era of consensus at Fylde. But equally, it could be a cynical ploy to spread the blame for what we think will be will be unpalatable change for Fylde residents as the Council 'Transforms' itself into something more modern. But will it happen at all? We're not at all clear. But we do have some of the issues and questions for our readers....

Hot newsWeed Control Change  10 July 2017  
Weed Control ChangeA year last May, in a fit of environmental excitement, Fylde abandoned the spraying of weeds on the highway, and opted for a street sweeper with wire brushes to rip the weeds out. It was always going to end in tears - and it has, with complaints that are now as prevalent as the weeds in the gutters. We bring our readers the story of how this disastrous decision was taken, what it's likely to cost us, and where it's likely to end....

 Exclusive newsLytham Hall Update  2 July 2017  
Lytham Hall Update June 2017This is a long article because it covers the officer reports and the debate at two meetings of Fylde's Tourism and Leisure Committee, regarding Lytham Hall, and the publication of the 'Moore Stephens Report' used by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help it decide what to do when they withdrew part of the grant they had awarded to the Hall. We have all the detail, and lots of verbatim quotes from the meetings....

 Exclusive newsGreen Bins: Under Way   23 Jun  2017  
Green Bins: Under WayWe take a quick look at how Fylde's new Green Waste service (that you have to subscribe to in order to have your green bin emptied now) is going.  It's (sort of) mostly working, and should be right by the end of June. There have been a few teething troubles, and some broader matters which we are concerned about. We have the details....

 Significant newsFylde Rule Changes: 1   23 Jun  2017  
Fylde Rule Changes: 1We look at the report and the committee meeting that considered changes to Fylde's Constitution. The plan was to restrict free speech in Full Council when proposing amendments or making challenges to the minutes if they were thought to be wrong, and to impose restrictions on public speaking in committees. These proposals for the Planning Committee were so unacceptable we heard they had been withdrawn even before the meeting....

Significant NewsPSPO 1: Dog Controls  4 Jun  2017  
PSPO 1: Dog ControlsFylde has agreed its first PSPO for dog controls. The dog owners seem mostly happy, (and we understand why), but we think it's awful. Fylde's first PSPO is likely to be followed my more and more of them. They are a new system of social control that subverts and perverts the traditional British legal system. We explain why Fylde's dog control order is bad, then look more widely

Latest NewsPostal Vote Cock Up  29 May  2017  
Postal Vote Cock UpHard on the heels of their last debacle, Fylde Council has managed to send out something like 12,000 postal voting packs 'a small number' of which must be 'Provisionally Rejected' because the numbers on the envelopes don't match the numbers of the back of the voting form. Fylde says it is working through all the Postal Votes manually to check and correct them if necessary, so it's all going to be OK....

Exclusive NewsFylde Waives the Rules  19 May  2017  
Fylde Waives the RulesWe look how Fylde Council has waived its own rules and produced a very serious governance failure. We think they have set an unlawful budget, or perhaps failed to set one at all, and they are now stonewalling to pretend nothing was wrong. Cllr Peter Collins is our hero in this matter. He challenged the Minutes of a meeting because they were wrong, but the Conservatives would have none of it. We have all the details...

Exclusive NewsFiddling With Figures?  19 May  2017  
Fiddling with Figures?We look at the latest controversy over Fylde's Special Expenses scheme, where folk in St Annes are paying to maintain parks and open spaces in Lytham as well as their own open spaces in St Annes. We also look at a clever ruse that lets Lancashire County Council claim an increase in their Adult Social Care charge from 22.60 last year to 46.10 this year can be classed as a 2% increase. (Yes. Really!) and then they can add *another* 2% to their main budget as well. What's going on?....

 Hot NewsLCC Election Results 2017  12 May  2017  
LCC Election Results 2017We bring readers the results of the 2017 County Council elections that saw Labour swept out of office by the Conservative Group. There was not much change at Fylde, but there will be big changes across the County - that's if their manifesto pledges are carried through. We have the details and a brief analysis.....

 Hot NewsGreen Bins: The Finale? 12 May  2017  
Green Bins: The Finale?The introduction of charges for green waste collection at FBC is now almost complete. We report the budget meeting that set the charge of 25 for a part year from June 2017 and 30 from May 2018. Fylde are getting double-bunce this year because LCC are still paying them as well. We also think the subscription is set at a level to make a 'profit' - as did some of the councillors. We have the story.........

 Hot NewsFylde and the Combined Authority 22 March  2017  
Fylde and the Combined AuthorityWith letters about this matter being published every week in the LSA Express, we thought we'd bring readers our own take on what's been going on. There were moves to make Fylde part of a new  'Lancashire Combined Authority', but after our MP spoke in Westminster it seemed like a decisions to leave it had already been taken. But it hasn't. We have the story about what's going on....

 Exclusive NewsLytham Hall Mess 6 March  2017  
Lytham Hall MessOur own in-depth investigation about the loss of the Stage II Lottery grant to restore the Hall. We disagree with FBC's conclusions. We think prime responsibility lies with Lancashire County Council not Heritage Trust for the North West. But what's being lost  sight of in all the acrimonious recriminations is the hall itself. Those professing to care about it are actually damaging it. We give our own take on events.....

 Exclusive NewsGreen Bin Subscriptions: Latest Information 23 February  2017  
Green Bin Subscriptions: Latest InformationWe report the last four meetings at Fylde where the introduction of the Green Waste Subscription Service have been decided. It's a fundamental change because it's no longer to be a local tax, it's now an (optional) paid for service. It's not been plain sailing. One of the meetings was very fractious, and in the end only the Conservatives voted for it. We suspect they plan to make a profit from Fylde's Green Waste subscribers....

 St Johns By-election: Result and Analysis 17 February  2017  
St Johns By-election: Result and AnalysisMark Bamforth won an impressive 2:1 victory over he nearest rival in the St John's Ward by-election. That was despite sensitive and controversial information about his personal circumstances leaking out into the public domain. We look at the result and what it means locally. We look at the wider impacts of the underlying trend, and we wonder whether FBC is capable of making the changes that are needed....

 Obituary: Ron Wilson 7 February  2017  
Obituary: Ron WilsonWith great sadness, we report the death of Alderman, (formerly Councillor), Ron Wilson. A great councillor from a bygone era at Fylde. He was as close as we have seen to being an ideal local councillor. Concern for the welfare of others drove him to deliver for his residents in a quiet and unassuming manner. His loss is our sadness.....

Hot  NewsDog PSPO and Byelaw Update  5 February  2017  
Dog PSPO and Byelaw UpdateSome readers thought Fylde had slipped Fixed Penalty Notices for 'Dogs on Leads' in Ashton Gardens 'under the wire'. We had a look and found a real mess. Not from the dogs, but a mess of signs and legislation. Fylde has no new legislation (yet), but some of their recent signs are confusing. We  see a need for rationalisation, but many dog-owners believe the changes Fylde want to make are wrong.....

Hot  NewsSt Johns Runners & Riders24 January  2017  
St Johns Runners & RidersThe candidates for the St John's Ward by-election in Lytham are declared and we have a first look at who's standing for election to become a Councillor. Will it be Mark Bamforth - who is aiming to repeat his previous election successes or will it be Paul Lomax - who didn't quite manage to convince enough Singleton and Greenhalgh electors to vote for him at the last election, or will it be one of the others?....

Hot  NewsA Dog's Dinner? 9 January  2017  
A Dog's Dinner?Fylde has miscalculated public opposition to their plans to introduce Dog Controls as part of plans for Public Spaces Protection Orders. Worse, they are using a Robocop approach and On the Spot Fines to hammer dog owners(or maybe generate income). They're also increasing the areas to which the controls will apply and maybe imposing a limit of four dogs per person. Two public protest meetings have already been staged. We have the background and all the details.....


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